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  • richardmitnick 5:14 PM on April 3, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    From Marvin Rosen’s Classical Discoveries at WPRB: “SACRED BRIDGES” IV 

    “The fourth annual program: SACRED BRIDGES Wednesday April 4, 2012
    presented during the time of important Jewish and Christian holidays, but focus is on music from multiple religious traditions rather than just two.

    Dr Marvin Rosen


    On this program of spiritual music you will hear Four Biblical Tableau by the Russian/American Composer, Aaron Avshalomov (1894-1964), Requiem and Resurrection by the American Composer, Alan Hovhaness (1911-2000), Vous vous invitons a la Pere, Op. 58 by the Indian/English Composer, Hidayat Inyat Khan (1917- ), Miserere (2009) by Scottish Composer, James MacMillan (1959- ), Da Lamentatione Jeremiae by English Composer John Mundy (c. 1555-1630), Gurdjieff: Violin Concerto No. 2 by Australian Composer, Larry Sitsky (1934- ), Requiem by English Composer, Sir John Tavener (1944- ) plus music by Hermann Berlinski, Isabella Leonarda, Meira Warshauer and many others.

    The program will also include a number of selections by the Greek/Armenian traveller, Mystic and Composer Georges Ivanovitch Gurdjieff (1877-1949)”

    G.I. Gurdjieff
    G.I. Gurdjieff

    Listen in the Central New Jersey area at 103.3FM, or at wprb.com

  • richardmitnick 6:50 AM on December 10, 2011 Permalink | Reply
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    From Marvin Rosen and Classical Discoveries – Special Holiday Progamming Announced 

    Marvin “The Cat” Rosen

    Here are pre-announcements of holiday programming.I hope to have more detailed announcements as these programs com up. However, just in case I slip up, you can keep track of Marvin’s programming by vising the Classical Discoveries web site.

    I realize that these images are too small and not easy to read, they are the best I can accomplish. So, Please visit http://www.classicaldiscoveries.org for a better view.

    Classical Discoveries is to be found at WPRB, Princeton Community Radio 103.3FM and http://www.wprb.com

  • richardmitnick 3:51 PM on November 22, 2011 Permalink | Reply
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    From Marvin Rosen – a Pre Thanksgiving Treat 

    This Wednesday, November 23, 2011 from 5:30 till 11:00am

    Classical Discoveries will present it’s 15th Annual program celebrating the Thanksgiving Holiday with music of composers of the American Continent titled:


    In this special program Classical Discoveries will present:
    Time Machines for Violin and Orchestra (2007) by American Composer, Sebastian Currier (1959- ),
    String Quartet No. 5 (2005) by American Composer, Jefferson Friedman (1974- ),
    Mass for Saint Cecilia’s Day by American Composer, Lou Harrison (1917-2003),
    Fantasia…sul un linguaggio perduto by Canadian Composer, Marjan Mozetich (1948- ),
    Te Deum in stilo barocco for chorus and orchestra by Brazilian Composer, Amaral Vieira (1952- ),
    An American Composer by American Composer, Gwyneth Walker (1947- )
    plus music by Venezuelan composer Diana Arismendi, by American Composers Nancy Galbraith and Richard Yardumian plus many more.



    This Wednesday, November 23, 2011 from 11:00am till 1:00PM


    will continue on the Avant-Garde Edition

    More music from American Continent like
    Ballad Nocturne by American Composer Ann Millikan,
    For Si by American Composer Christian Wolff (1934- )
    plus music by American Composer Missy Mazzoli, Canadian Composer Robert Morin plus many others

    WPRB 103.3 FM or on the internet

  • richardmitnick 7:49 PM on September 14, 2011 Permalink | Reply
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    Emerging Talent: Jennifer Castellano 

    Jennifer Castellano Spectrum
    © Jennifer Castellano 2011

    Jennifer Castellano is a wonderful newly emergent composer and pianist. I first became aware of her work via the New Music Master Marvin Rosen at WPRB radio. Marvin and I share a motto, “support living composers”. But, that is all we share: Marvin is a talented pianist, radio host, and teacher. I am just a listener.

    So, some time ago at Classical Discoveries, Marvin’s Wednesday program at WPRB, I learned about Ms. Castellano. I heard some of her music and I was overjoyed. Now, she has a self produced CD, Spectrum , available at http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/jennifercastellano .

    About Jennifer:

    New York Women Composers

    “Jennifer received her Bachelor of Arts in Music at Manhattanville College and a Master of Music at Purchase College. She has studied classical piano with Donna DeAngelis, Catherine Coppola, and Flora Kuan. Teachers of composition include Mary Ann Joyce-Walter, Huang Ruo and Joel Thome. Besides her great love of birds, many of her compositions reveal her philosophy regarding the similarities between sound and color as well as music and visual imagery. Such works include Spectrum: Seven Preludes for Piano and Bionic Birds, an electronic, audio-visual presentation. Jennifer is a member of Association of Adult Musicians with Hearing Loss, Piano Society and is Secretary/PR Coordinator for New York Women Composers.”

    From Jennifer’s own web site:

    Jennifer, who is both visually and hearing impaired, is a member of the Association of Adult Musicians with Hearing Loss, Piano Society, ASCAP and serves as Secretary/PR Coordinator for New York Women Composers. She is a member of the music faculty of The Mike Risko Music School and is a member of the recreation staff applying music therapy techniques at Sunshine Children’s Home & Rehabilitation Center, a nursing facility that specializes in the care and treatment of medically complex children who require post acute, rehabilitive care.

    Jennifer and friends

    Now, I am not a musician, musicologist or critic. I am just a listener. But, I can say that I have listened to the tracks and I find them to be really wonderful.

    I asked Jennifer to send me her liner notes for this album. Here is what she has to say:

    To Scriabin (2003)
    In fall of 2003, the music and ideas of Russian pianist and composer, Alexander Scriabin (1872-1915), inspired me to write To Scriabin. This particular piece was my way to pay him homage as he was one of my musical influences. He based many of his later compositions on a chord which he called the “mystic” chord (spelled C F-sharp, B-flat, E, A, D). This composition is based on this same six-note chord.

    Sketches (2009)
    Sketches is a collection of three piano pieces, each suggesting a general image or picture to the listener. The work was written for Max Lifchitz, pianist, composer, conductor and founder of North/South Consonance, an organization devoted to performance and recording of contemporary music from the Americas. Max gave the world premiere performance of Sketches in April 2010 at Christ and St. Stephen’s Church in New York City. The first piece in the collection, “Escapade”, is a playful piece that takes the listener on a lighthearted adventure. The next piece, “Daydream”, is more relaxed and carries this title because of the manner in which ideas came to me. The last piece, “Tarantella”, is my way of paying homage to my Italian roots. The tarantella, is a lively, whirling southern Italian dance for couples usually in 6/8 time.

    The Castle at Sunrise (2003)
    The Castle at Sunrise refers to the magnificent castle located on the Manhattanville College campus in Purchase, NY. The Castle is called Reid Hall, as it was formerly owned by Whitelaw Reid (1837-1912), a politician and journalist who served as editor, president and chairman of The New York Tribune.

    Conflicting Colors (2004)
    Conflicting Colors was inspired by a painting, Contrasting Sounds, by the Russian abstract artist, Wassily Kandinsky (1866-1944). This work was my first exploration of color and sound. The idea of colors conflicting is illustrated by the black keys of the piano sounding simultaneously against the white keys.

    From a Dream (2002)
    From a Dream is the first piano piece I wrote when I began composition studies with my first teacher of composition, Mary Ann Joyce-Walter. The main idea which forms the basis of this piece, came to me in a dream that I had the year before the work was written.

    Spectrum – Seven Preludes for Piano (2006)
    Spectrum, Seven Preludes for Piano was inspired by Spectrum V by American artist, Ellsworth Kelly (b. 1923). The work consists of thirteen large panels, each contained a different color or shade of color. To me this work was a visual representation of a chromatic scale played one full octave up the piano keyboard. I decided that I wanted to make an audio representation of the seven colors of the rainbow, each represented by a different tonality or pitch center: A being red, B orange, C yellow, D green, E blue, F indigo, and G violet.”

    Visit Jennifer’s album page at cdbaby and sample the tracks. Then, if you enjoy what you hear, support this living composer. She has a great future.

  • richardmitnick 10:50 AM on August 27, 2011 Permalink | Reply
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    From Classical Discoveries at WPRB: Marvin Rosen Will Commemorate 9/11 With a Marathon 

    Marvin Rosen, the man behind Classical Discoveries, is a master at bringing to the public the music which best evidences its origins. So, what for this anniversary of 9/11?

    The marathon starts: 
SATURDAY, September 10, 2011 – 7:00 PM and ends: 
 SUNDAY, September 11, 2011 – 7:00 PM

    on WPRB 103.3FM Princeton and on Internet at:





    “For the 10th anniversary of September 11, Classical Discoveries with Marvin Rosen will present a 24 hour live radio marathon, totally devoted to music written by composers from many countries as a reaction to the unforgettable events of that day.”

    “Marvin has a very special story regarding 9/11.
    He was actually on the air with a special program titled EAST MEETS WEST promoting a mutual understanding of music by different cultures. What a weird coincidence this was.

    Since no phone lines were working he did not know about the events until 10:00am. 10:00 to 11:00am was mentally the most difficult 1 hour on the air in his broadcasting years.

    Two days later he presented his own memorial tribute and later at different anniversaries a few more. As time progresed more and more composers wrote music inspired by the tragedy.The 5th anniversary program was totaly compiled by works written in the 21st Century.”

    Recently, Marvin wrote at his blog,

    “During the 24 hours of the Marathon you will hear many works submitted by composers specifically for this event. I want to thank Sequenza 21 and International Alliance for Women Composers as well as other websites who supported this call for recordings.

    During the marathon there will be some works being broadcast for the first time as well many works presented on my program before such as the September Symphony by Wojciech Kilar that I presented for the first time in June, 2004, Elodie Lauten’s complete electronic work S.O.S.W.T.C., and Stephen Hartke’s Symphony No. 3 just to mention a few as well as an encore presentation of Robert Moran’s Trinity Requiem.

    I know that this event will be a very difficult for me and every one else, but I do not know any other way I could commemorate this tragic happening, but with music.”

  • richardmitnick 10:43 PM on April 15, 2011 Permalink | Reply
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    My Music Sources 

    These are my sources for music and information. If you have any suggestions for me, I would appreciate seeing them in Comments.

    All About Jazz – For all of the news of the Jazz world


    American Mavericks – A history of serious music in America from Minnesota Public Radio


    American Composers Forum – Fostering artistic and professional development


    Bang On A Can – At the heart of the Downtown New York New Music scene


    Blue Note Records – an iconic Jazz label still putting out great recordings


    Cantaloupe Music – the recording arm of Bang On a Can


    Classical Discoveries – Marvin Rosen’s Wednesday survey of great new music and the avantgarde on WPRB, Princeton, NJ


    Cuneiform Records – great taste in new music


    ECM – possibly the finest recording company in the world


    The GreeneSpace, the live presentation space of New York Public Radio with programming from WNYC, WQXR, and Q2


    Hearts of Space – Stephen Hill’s great weekly mix of music for relaxation, contemplation, mediation, and…
    This is a paid service.


    Innova – creating an environment for new compostion and musical maturation.
    The recording arm of American Composers Forum


    Live365 – niche audio streaming – any genre or sub-genre you want. This is a paid service.


    New Amsterdam Records – “…a non-profit-model record label and artists’ service organization that supports the public’s engagement with new music by composers and performers whose work grows from the fertile ground between genres….”


    NPR/music – Jazz, Classical, interviews, news, concerts, “first listens”, artist profiles


    Q2 on the internet, “for the new music we crave” the home of New Music


    WBGO bringing Jazz from Newark, NJ to the world


    WNYC – the home of John Schaefer’s Soundcheck and New Sounds programs


    WPRB, Community Radio, Princeton, NJ
    For the most serious presentation of Classical music and the most erudite presentations of Jazz


  • richardmitnick 11:15 AM on February 18, 2011 Permalink | Reply
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    From Nadia Sirota on Q2: “Lighting, Lighting, Lighting” 

    Starting Monday, February 21, 2011
    Nadia Sirota on Q2

    “How do you take your coffee? What’s your favorite time of day? What’s your favorite part of the Chicken? What’s your favorite part of the Tofurky? With whom do you identify in Star Wars?

    We are slowly but surely crawling towards Daylight Savings Time; light will vanquish dark once again! Not that that’s not kinda sad for a night-person like myself. Night and day, light and dark, these cycles control our movements and emotions. I gotta admit, though, mere preferences aside, I really like the whole cycle of things: the changeability of seasons and day lengths and skyscapes and temperatures.

    Just as this concept has captured the imagination of the planet’s inhabitants for thousands of years, so has it captured the imagination of composers for thousands of years. And, lucky for us, composers for the last few decades as well.

    This cycle gets the spotlight this week, as we feature music inspired by light and dark.”

  • richardmitnick 7:47 PM on December 16, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Classical Discoveries Special Programming: “ALAN HOVHANESS – 100TH BIRTHDAY MARATHON” 

    This is not to be missed.

    Our great teacher Marvin Rosen will present a 24 hour marathon dedicated to the music of the Maestro Alan Hovhaness. Marvin is a Hovhaness specialist without peer.

    Marvin Rosen

    The title of the presentation is MOUNTAINS AND RIVERS WITHOUT END

    This broadcast at 103.3 FM and the web stream from WPRB starts SUNDAY, DECEMBER 26, 2010 – 7:00 pm and ends
    MONDAY, DECEMBER 27, 2010 – 7:00 pm

    We cannot fail to thanks the veteran radio on-air hosts who have stood aside to allow this incredible special to take place.

    Be there, Aloha!

    • Dave 11:33 AM on January 6, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      We managed to catch some of this marathon. Thank you Mr. Rosin! Fans of this composer, and I am fast becoming one, may be interested to know that there is a dedicated Alan Hovhaness centennial website at http://www.hovhanesscentennial.com


  • richardmitnick 2:36 PM on November 4, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Daniel Bernard Roumain Makes It to All About Jazz 

    By Mark Saleski and copyright AAJ Something Else, so just a taste here.


    “Not long after receiving Etudes 4 Violin & Electronix, I got up one morning before the alarm went off, and settled myself down to some coffee. The idea was to catch up on the reading material that had stacked up over the past few months. What ended up happening over the next 10 minutes or so was that I stared a hole through an advertisement featuring a reproduction of Edward Hopper’s painting “Nighthawks.”

    Hopper’s artwork has always resonated with me. There’s just something about how he perfectly captures an instant in time, giving the viewer a scene that’s visually pregnant, just begging for an explanation. Each painting tells a story or, at the very least, implies one. It’s that story implication that makes the painting so rich. Every viewer becomes part of the story, providing their own details

    There are definitely parallels in the music world. When a piece of music succeeds, it does indeed tell a story. The framework presented by the composition gives the listener the opportunity to extend the themes, if not provide resolutions.

    Each time I listen to this Daniel Bernard Roumain recording, much like the “Nighthawks” experience, my local attention dissolves as I float up into the world of its possibilities. Collaborating with the likes of DJ Spooky That Subliminal Kid, Peter Gordon, Ryuichi Sakamoto, DJ Scientific, and Phillip Glass, Roumain conjures up a set of tales that manage to stand on their own as well as nest comfortably together.”

    Read the rest of Mr. Saleski’s article here.

    Postscript: I met Mr Roumain, “DBR” to the cognoscenti, at WPRB when he was interviewed on Marvin Rosen’s Classical Discoveries radio prorgam. He is one heck of a violonist and a really nice guy to boot.

  • richardmitnick 10:10 PM on September 8, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    This Friday An Additional Presentation of Classical Discoveries: Classical Discoveries will present a special program called: Shepherd Of Israel 

    This Friday An Additional Presentation of Classical Discoveries: Shepherd Of Israel

    Our host, Marvin Rosen, tells us, “Entire program will be devoted to music of Jewish inspiration in observance of the Jewish High Holy Days.

    Marvin Rosen

    You will hear Symphony – Songs of the Soul by American composer, David Amram (1930- ), Klezmer Symphony (1998) by the American/Dutch composer, Jeff Hamburg (1956- ), The Dreams and Prayers of Isaac the Blind For Klezmer Clarinet and String Quartet by Argentinian composer, Osvaldo Golijov (1960- ), Shepherd of Israel for Cantor, Flute and String Orchestra by American composer, Alan Hovhaness (1911-2000), A Sephardic Rhapsody for Orchestra, Op. 95 by American Composer, Arnold Rosner (1945 -), Concerto for Viola and Orchestra (1997-1998) by American Composer, Paul Schoenfield plus music by Betty Olivero, Sid Robinovitch, Salomone Rossi, Simon Sargon and much more.

    Classical Discoveries and Classical Discoveries Goes Avantgarde are regularly presented on WPRB, Community Radio, Princeton, NJ

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